Truesdale Lake  

South Salem, New York

Phragmites Treatment Oct 4, 2023

You may have noticed the rapid growth and spread of phragmites both around town and especially around our lake shoreline. Phragmites is an invasive plant with no upside benefits.

There is more information in this post about why we are taking steps to control this invasive plant.

On October 4th, 2023, Pond & Lake Connection will treat the phragmites around the lake with Clearcast, an aquatic herbicide. It’s appropriate to treat at this time of year when plants are beginning to store resources in order to maximize the herbicide effectiveness.

Once treated, the plants will start to die. Further action must be taken locally to eradicate the infestations at the shorelines. If this is not done, the phragmites will return and continue to spread. They are tenacious and have extensive root/rhizomes under the water with stored energy sources to repopulate once spring comes around.

We are going to lower the lake again this winter and that will make it easier, if you choose, to cut and remove the dead plants.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

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